For Luis Scola, who doesn't even like to take off days off, missing so much time while rehabilitating his sore left knee resulted in some rust upon returning. After missing five games, Scola played Sunday, missing four of five shots and scoring just four points, though he had eight rebounds in 20 minutes.

"I think part of it is in my head," Scola said. "I'm thinking 'I didn't practice in 10 days, I'm going to be rusty, I'm going to be rusty.' In my head or in my body, I was a little rusty."

Forward Chase Budinger's ankle was not as severely sprained as it initially appeared, leaving the Rockets optimistic he will be out only one or two games.